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£3 million boost for ultrafast broadbandThumbnail for article : £3 million boost for ultrafast broadband
Extra funding of almost £3 million is to be invested in broadband for the Highlands and Islands after take-up rates across the region's Digital Scotland fibre network topped 60%.   Hundreds of additional homes in some of Scotland's most rural areas will be able to access ‘full' fibre direct to their homes (also known as Fibre-to-the-Premises or FTTP) through the funding boost.  
Be aware! Council Tax scammers still targeting Highland
The Highland Council has once again been alerted to a Council Tax scam where scammers are now writing to customers and claiming that the resident is due a council tax refund or can have their Council Tax band reassessed upon payment of £150.   Council Tax bands are determined by the Assessor and Electoral Registration Officer who is independent from the Highland Council.  
Council and HITRANS call for balance in road provision
The Highland Council and HITRANS are speaking out against the call from walking and cycling organisations to cease all new road building in Scotland.   Cycling Scotland, Cycling UK, Forth Environment Link, Living Streets, Paths for All, Ramblers Scotland, Sustrans Scotland and Transform Scotland issued the call as part of a joint response to the National Transport Strategy.  
NHS is 'running hot' and needs to refocus prioritiesThumbnail for article : NHS is 'running hot' and needs to refocus priorities
Scotland's NHS needs to refocus its priorities to speed up health and social care integration and system wide reform, says the public spending watchdog.   The health service continues to face growing pressure from a population that is living longer.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 24 October 2019
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (October, 24th) sold 4,317 breeding & feeding sheep.   Gimmers (606) averaged £95.13 and sold to £180 gross (twice) for Cheviots from Kintail, Muir of Ord and Newton of Ferintosh, Conon Bridge.  
The Pensions Regulator Authorises Combined Nuclear Pension Plan Master Trust
This latest approval brings the total number of schemes authorised by TPR up to 35, following the approval of the University of Oxford Staff Pension Scheme earlier this month (8 October).   CNPP is an industry-wide scheme, set up in 2006, for workers in the nuclear decommissioning industry.  
The impact of Brexit uncertainty has cost the Scottish economy around £3 billionThumbnail for article : The impact of Brexit uncertainty has cost the Scottish economy around £3 billion
Moving toward a deal, but long-term challenges just about to start: Fraser of Allander Institute Economic Commentary.   Make or break for UK's exit from EU in coming days - but uncertainty to remain for foreseeable future.  
Scottish Government Underspent The Budget By £778 Million In 2018/2019Thumbnail for article : Scottish Government Underspent The Budget By £778 Million In 2018/2019
The Scottish Government has substantially reduced the value of £140 million-worth of loans and guarantees to private companies, says the public spending watchdog.   The 2018/19 audit of the government's consolidated accounts were unqualified and show that the overall budget of £36,915 million was underspent by £778 million.  
Dounreay Waste Store Construction Work Ahead Of ScheduleThumbnail for article : Dounreay Waste Store Construction Work Ahead Of Schedule
Construction work on the latest radioactive waste store at Dounreay is setting records.   The concrete floor slab has just been completed ahead of schedule and with an excellent safety record.  
Social Security (scotland) Act 2019 - Benefit Take-up Strategy
Fairer Scotland Duty assessment of the Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018 - Benefit Take-up Strategy - October 2019.   The aim of the Strategy is to promote take-up of assistance available under the Scottish Social Security system.  
Scottish Insolvency Statistics: July To September 2019 - Insolvencies Increase
Accountant in Bankruptcy (AiB) has released official statistics reporting personal and company insolvencies in Scotland for the second quarter (July to September 2019) of 2019-20.   There were 3,466 personal insolvencies (bankruptcies and protected trust deeds (PTDs)) in Scotland in 2019-20 Q2, more than the 3,077 personal insolvencies in the same quarter in the previous financial year (2018-19 Q2).  
The 2018/19 audit of Social Security ScotlandThumbnail for article : The 2018/19 audit of Social Security Scotland
Social Security Scotland (the agency) was established in September 2018.  It is an executive agency of the Scottish Government and has been set up to deliver the social security benefitsbeing devolved to Scotland from the UK Government under the Scotland Act (2016).  
Spreading The Love Of Scotland Through StoriesThumbnail for article : Spreading The Love Of Scotland Through Stories
Visit Scotland has launched their latest marketing drive, Only in Scotland, which shines a spotlight on the unique experiences the country has to offer and will help continue the push for more sustainable growth in the industry.   The activity is the next chapter of the Scotland is Now campaign and will reinforce the country's position as a warm, welcoming and creative nation.  
Uk Borrowing Up £7.2 Billion In First Half Of 2019-20Thumbnail for article : Uk Borrowing Up £7.2 Billion In First Half Of 2019-20
Report by the Office of Budget Responsibility - September 2019.   Mid-way through 2019-20, borrowing is up £7.2 billion on the same point last year, with strong growth in public spending outweighing more modest growth in receipts.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 23 October 2019
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (October, 23rd) sold 333 weaned calves and store cattle and 5 breeding cattle.   Stot calves (207) averaged 207.9p and sold to 336.6p per kilo for a 205kg Limousin cross from 4 Borve, Isle of Harris and £1,160 for a pair of 637kg Simmental crosses from Ballone, Abriachan.  
Parking Charges Debate - New Off-street Parking Charges Could Generate Local InvestmentThumbnail for article : Parking Charges Debate - New Off-street Parking Charges Could Generate Local Investment
A new off-street parking policy which could generate income for local investment, will be considered on Thursday by members of the Environment, Development and Infrastructure (EDI) Committee.   Depute Leader Cllr Alasdair Christie said: "Every area has unique local priorities, whether this is gully cleaning, pot hole repairs, resurfacing or just managing traffic and tourism pressures.  
Public advised to follow safety signs as works on West Link 2 progress
The Highland Council is advising walkers and cyclists using the Caledonian Canal towpaths that temporary diversions will be in place on a section of the route while work on Stage 2 of the Inverness West Link continues.   People using the tow paths, between Torvean Bridge in the west to Inverness Rowing Club, will notice signs going up providing information on diversions that will be in place next month for safety reasons while work to install a new swing bridge crossing is underway.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 22 October 2019
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (October, 22nd) sold 18 prime cattle.   Prime Bullocks (2) averaged 189.5p (N/C) and sold to 192.0p per kg and £1,262.25 gross.  
Top season for Council owned harbours
Harbours owned and operated by The Highland Council have had their busiest cruise ship season ever.   During the summer months 140 ships have visited, carrying 29,000 passengers and leading to a revenue contribution of over £210,000 in harbour dues.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts - Sale Portree 21 October 2019
PORTREE, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd, (October, 21st) sold 295 rams at its annual sale.   Rams (295) sold to £800 gross for a Blackface shearling from Newton of Crathie, Ballater.